Books: Dead Souls Live Again

U.S.S.R.: THE CORRUPT SOCIETY by Konstantin Simis Simon & Schuster; 316 pages; $14.95

The scene is Kuibyshev, a Russian industrial city on the Volga. Enter stage left the Soviet version of Gogol's greedy Inspector General. The inspector is put up in a luxurious little hotel on the picturesque banks of the Volga, especially built for the pleasure of inspectors and other snoopy officials from Moscow. It stands in a gracious park surrounded by a barbed-wire-topped fence and guarded by burly professional wrestlers. The hotel staff includes a cook who serves up the local...

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